Defense abruptly rests in John Swallow corruption trial

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow listens to court proceedings during his public corruption trial, Feb. 22, 2017, in 3rd District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah | Photo courtesy of the Utah Court Pool, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — After calling only a handful of witnesses, former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s defense abruptly rested their case.

The jury could begin deliberations as soon as Wednesday.

“If this system works the way it should, I’m entirely confident of acquittal on all the charges,” Swallow’s defense attorney, Scott Williams, told reporters outside of court.

The defense ended their case without calling some very high-profile witnesses, including former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings and House Speaker Greg Hughes.

Instead, defense lawyers picked at the prosecution’s case with witnesses who countered claims that Swallow was politically ambitious and seeking to cover up alleged misdeeds.

The case has wound down in significantly less dramatic fashion than it began as the largest political scandal in state history that drove Swallow from office.

Swallow is facing 10 charges now (prosecutors dropped three counts mid-trial) accused of a “pay to play” scheme involving people facing investigation by the attorney general’s office.

In a series of rulings issued between last week and Tuesday, Third District Court Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills refused to grant a defense request for a “directed verdict” to dismiss the remaining counts.

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Written by BEN WINSLOW,

Copyright © 2017, KSTU. A Tribune broadcasting station


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